Bill Harris: The Army name for Bilharzia, a scourge of Egypt, the name of a parasite found in water, against which special precautions have to be taken. The pipe-line from the Sweet Water Canal to the Palestine front had to be fitted with gauze strainers which trapped the snails on which the parasite existed. 
References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.22.
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